Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.” (CCC 1213)
We are eager and joyful to celebrate the sacrament of baptism with everyone who has been called to the waters of rebirth.
Whether you have felt God’s tug on your heart and have followed his prompting to ask for baptism for yourself or for your child, we will journey with you to make it a reality.
Baptism of a Child
When baptizing infants and young children, baptism is the priceless gift of faith that we, the parents and the Church, give to them. It is the responsibility of the parents and Godparents to tend to that gift by encouraging and nurturing the gift through active participation in the life of the parish and also bringing faith into your home.
Baptism is both a welcoming of the child into the Church Community as well as the ongoing life of Christian faith.
We are here to help you. A requirement of any parent having a child baptized here at St. Alphonsus is to attend a baptismal class. This is held in the rectory and typically runs about an hour and is scheduled at the mutual convenience of the pastor and the parents. This class includes conversation about baptism, faith in the home, the expectations of God parents, and an excellent video that explains baptism.
We also help through your ongoing participation in the Mass through the support of a wonderful community, proclaiming and preaching the Word, and sharing the great gift of Jesus’ Body and Blood in Holy Communion. The Sacrament of Baptism has eternal significance and we approach it with joyful seriousness.
To arrange to have your child baptized, please call Fr. Tim at 315-252-7261. I look forward to hearing from you.
Baptism of Adults
If you yourself are looking into the possibility of being baptized as a Christian in the Catholic Church then we will be overjoyed to make this journey with you. Adults who are seeking to be baptized take part in the process of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (the RCIA).
Where to begin: the first step is to sit down with St. Alphonsus’ Pastoral Minister, Aaron Wilson or with Fr. Tim for a simple, low-pressure conversation about your interest in being baptized and joining the Catholic Church and how we can help you on your journey. We can be reached at 315-252-7261.
A more full description of Process of Baptism in the Diocese of Rochester can be read here: Administration of Sacraments